What a lovely little town Bethlehem, New Hampshire is! And you can't help but like Sara. She reminds me of the heroines in books Grace Livingston Hill would write... no money, home or family, but has a gentle spirit and a heart ready to love!
What a wonderful surprise this book was. It was the first Love Finds You book I have read and also the first of Lauralee Bliss' books. I loved it. The New Hampshire mountain setting became a character all its own interacting with the main characters. Readers will long to visit Bethlehem, New Hampshire. The love story between two unlikely people, Sara McGee and Tom Haskins is tender. Readers will find themselves wishing Tom and Sara would just talk about things instead of making so many assumptions. However, that is what makes them human and the story endearing.Tom Haskins has a wonderful life for himself. He is beginning to receive notoriety for his paintings, lives comfortably in his hometown. He has everything except a wife. He advertises for one. Sara McGee has a few precious items that belonged to her mother, and not much else. Her response to Tom's advertisement isn't even penned by her, for she cannot read or write. Theirs is an unlikely relationship and a beautiful love story. The characters are strong, flawed, and faithful. The scenery is beautiful. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, a cozy blanket, and curl up on your favorite couch for a good winter read.
After reading this book, I want to go live in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Or take a nice long holiday there. The setting is one of the main characters in this easy read from Lauralee Bliss, as is expected from a Love Finds You in book. As I read, I felt myself walking down the streets of this delightful town more than a hundred years ago. I didnt want to leave.Beyond the setting, Lauralee creates vibrant, real-to-life characters that touch your heart. Tom Haskins a young artist, beginning to make his mark on the world, mentored by the famous Mr. Astor. When he suggests Tom take a bride to further his career, Tom, inspired by a young couple he meets, takes out an ad in a New York City paper. Annabelle Loving, the wealthy socialite, interested in Toms work and precisely the woman Mr. Astor had in mind when he made his suggestion. She could be the key to Toms success. Sara McGee, the destitute young woman who arrives in Bethlehem in response to Tom's ad and who is nothing like Tom expected.Against this beautiful backdrop, as the holidays approach, what will each of these people learn about each other? And about themselves?Another winner for Lauralee Bliss and Summerside Press. Be sure to add it to your list of must reads this holiday season.
A Mail-Order Bride for Christmas?Accomplished artist Tom Haskins places a newspaper ad for a bride. He envisions his bride-to-be as a refined and educated young woman. Sara McGee is neither When Tom meets Sara at the train station, its obvious to him that he cant marry Sara. But he sees her needs and takes Sara to his home where his sister can help her to learn how to be accepted in Bethlehems society. Will Toms first impression of Sara change while he continues his search for a bride? Will Sara stay where she is ridiculed or will she return to her New York City where she lives on the street? This book is a sweet love story with some characters youll love and some you wont love as much. The setting descriptions are well done and put the New Hampshire snow-covered mountains firmly in your imagination